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'Zen' Buddhist teacher Dogen Zenji is a very important religious person during the Kamakura period, 750 years ago. After his mother died, he decides to move to China and settle as a ... See full summary »

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Banmei Takahashi

Writers:

Banmei Takahashi (screenplay), Tetsuo Ôtani (novel)
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Credited cast:
Kankurô Nakamura ... Dôgen (as Kantarô Nakamura)
Yuki Uchida ... Orin
Ryushin Tei ... Jakuen / Kugyô Minamotono
Kengo Kôra Kengo Kôra ... Shunryô
Ken'ichirô Yasui Ken'ichirô Yasui ... Gikai
Jun Murakami ... Ejô
Masanobu Katsumura Masanobu Katsumura ... Yoshishige Hatano
Tatsuya Fujiwara ... Tokiyori Hôjô
Tianyong Zheng Tianyong Zheng ... Nyôjô
Masahiko Nishimura ... Setsu-ô
Shun Sugata ... Kônin
Show Aikawa ... Matsuzô (as Shô Aikawa)
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano ... Rôsô
Keiko Takahashi Keiko Takahashi ... Ishi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiyomi Doi Kiyomi Doi
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'Zen' Buddhist teacher Dogen Zenji is a very important religious person during the Kamakura period, 750 years ago. After his mother died, he decides to move to China and settle as a Buddhist teacher. One bright morning, enlightened, Zenji returns to Japan as a devoted evangelist of the 'new' Buddhism. However, this new form of Buddhism is not accepted in all communities. Written by Rene Guillot

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Biography | Drama

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Hojo Tokiyori (1223-1263)was the regent for the Kamakura shogun. He was the real boss of the Kamakura government. See more »

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I loved this movie--- so good
26 February 2009 | by ben101120032003See all my reviews

I just finished watching this movie at the UW screening before it is released nationwide. I have to say that I am deeply moved by it despite the fact that some of the Chinese characters are played by Japanese.There are several scenes that are so captivating, leaving my heart filled with excitement, joy and at the same time sorrow. The last few scenes really made this movie stand out. I especially enjoyed the little girl's explanation of what she is doing and how this is reflected in the Buddha in her heart. I believe that the Buddha in everyone's mind might be different from one another. The pursuit of the truth, tranquility and beauty might take different pathways. But what this movie reveals is the eternal power of what a man can achieve and what a man should give up. I strongly recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in some of the concepts conveyed so beautifully and profoundly.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

10 January 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogen - Zen mester See more »

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$2,877,113
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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